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Video of student being dragged angers parent

Posted at 6:48 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 07:27:36-04
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- The mother of the little boy in surveillance video at Patriot Elementary school says, in her opinion, it shows the assistant principal at Patriot doing the wrong thing with her six year old son, dragging him down a hallway.
 
"She physically assaulted my son and she still gets to sit behind a desk and collect a paycheck," says Cassy McKinney. 
 
Collecting a paycheck, because after this happened, and the District investigated, the Assistant Principal was re-assigned to another part of the School District.
 
It all started when the six year autistic boy came home that day in October. "He came home and had a huge hand print bruise on his arm," McKinney said. 
 
The District's investigation says school staff was struggling to physically control the boy, who was out of control. and has a history of incidents like biting and jumping off desks. But the mom insists in October they over-reacted.
 
"I was pretty angry. It's hard for any mother to see her child get abused," said McKinney. 
 
The District concluded what happened in this video was not abuse or assault. But the District did decide to discipline the assistant principal who touched the child and doesn't plan to renew her contract. The boy's mom tells me she thinks a higher agency should step in. 
 
"I definitely would love the State Attorneys office to pick it up and press charges against everybody that was involved," McKinney said. 
 
In the meantime, she claims her child has never been the same since. "He's totally a different kid. He doesn't want to be here (school) and he has a lack of respect for authority for adults now."